Scholarships for Military Spouses
May 07, 2012
Military spouses are eligible to receive educational benefits through the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program and the Veterans Affairs Spouse and Dependents Education Assistance program. But there are also a number of private scholarships open to those who are married to service members. Learn about five scholarships for military spouses.
The Air Force Association grants one-time scholarships of $2,500 to spouses of active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members. Applicants are required to provide an official transcript and complete a two page double-spaced essay describing their academic and professional goals, including how affiliation with the Air Force will help students achieve them. The application process is open to spouses working to earn an undergraduate or a graduate degree.
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation offers scholarships of $2,500 to spouses of active duty service members and U.S. military veterans. Scholarship candidates must be currently enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college or university. Additionally, applicants must be majoring in C4I-related majors, a distinction that includes such disciplines as computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics and information technology.
The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) offers five scholarships of $1,000 to spouses of American service members. Those married to active duty, reserve and guard personnel are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Candidates must be enrolled in an educational program and be carrying a 2.0 GPA at the undergraduate level or a 3.0 GPA in graduate study. Individuals applying to the CCME Military Spouse Scholarship program also need to complete an essay.
The Folds of Honor Foundation offers scholarships to spouses of military service members who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Financial awards of up to $5,000 are available to individuals attending an accredited 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution. While awards are made for a single year, they may be reapplied for. Applicants must provide personal and academic information as well as a summary of higher ed expenses, which help to determine award amounts.
These financial awards are intended to honor the strength and resolve of spouses and caregivers who have loved ones serving. Scholarships of $5,000 are available to applicants attending an accredited higher education program. Award winners are determined based on an application package that includes a 2-page questionnaire, a resume, an original essay and two letters of recommendation. Scholarships are awarded for a single year, but winners can reapply annually.
In addition to scholarships, will you be using loans to help pay for your education? If you are, then you should know how to prioritize your student loan applications.